5 Things You’ll Want to Leave Behind Before White Water Rafting on the Ocoee River
Our white water rafting adventures are guaranteed to provide a wild ride on the Ocoee River, so you’ll want to leave nearly everything back on dry ground! The last thing you need is to get your cell phone and other valuables wet, and you might even lose them while splashing through the rapids! We want you to concentrate on having fun with our professional guides rather than worrying about a lost item ruining your trip! Here are 5 things that you’ll want to leave behind before white water rafting on the Ocoee River:
1. Cotton Clothing
Another one of the things that you’ll want to leave behind before white water rafting on the Ocoee River is any cotton clothing! Cotton is the worst material that you can wear rafting because it naturally absorbs and retains moisture, so you’ll be soaked all day long after the first big splash! While this may not matter as much during our summer trips, you definitely don’t want to be wearing cotton in the spring or summer. As a general rule, avoid this material altogether!
2. Keys to Your Vehicle
One of the most important things to leave behind before going white water rafting is your car keys! After all, you’d probably like to get back home after your excursion and not worry about your keys floating down the Ocoee River! Car keys can easily fall out of your pockets while rafting, so lock all of your personal belongings (cell phones, jewelry, etc.) in your vehicle and check your car keys in at our office! If you are arriving by motorcycle, feel free to store your personal belongings and helmets in our office as well.
3. Glasses That Don’t Have a Strap
If you’re practically blind without your glasses and don’t like contacts, you may need to wear glasses on the raft with you. Unfortunately, it is easy to lose your glasses as they can slide off when you get hit by a huge wave! Therefore, we recommend purchasing some athletic straps for your glasses and wearing them during your rafting adventure!
4. Drink and Food Items
You’ll want to leave your drink and food items in your car, as there is no space in the rafts to accommodate coolers and dry bags. We do suggest eating a hearty breakfast before your trip to store up some energy for paddling down the Ocoee River! If you worked up an appetite while on the river, take advantage of our cafe that is right on site! The Apricot Place Cafe serves up delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, making it easy to schedule meals around your trip! The cafe is open on weekends in the spring and fall, and daily throughout the summer except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
5. Flip Flops or Sandals Without Backs
Any shoes without backs that could slip off your feet aren’t ideal for white water rafting. In fact, flip flops or sandals without backs are not permitted on our white water rafting trips because we want to be sure you can maintain good footing when the inside of the raft gets wet!
Join us for white water rafting on the Ocoee River this season to experience the action-packed thrills of padding through class III and IV rapids with your family and friends! We look forward to seeing you soon!